Become a Good Food Organization
By working together through a set of shared principles, the Good Food Organizations initiative connects like-minded organizations across Canada and beyond in a collective commitment to achieving a healthy and fair food system.
Applications for the next round of Good Food Organizations will open in Fall 2021. If you'd like to be notified when the applications open, please contact Mara Brotman, National Network Officer, at email@example.com.
Benefits of being a Good Food Organization
Resources | Gain access to member resources including program profiles, program manuals, research summaries, and capacity-building tools (e.g. evaluation frameworks, communications planning tools, fundraising tip sheets).
Training | Troubleshoot the issues specific to your organization and context through small group training sessions. Both program-focused (e.g. food skills programs, advocacy, healthy food banks) and capacity-building (e.g. fundraising, evaluation, communications) training sessions will be offered.
Grants | Apply for network grants to boost your organization’s ability to implement the Good Food Principles.
Community | Connect with other like-minded organizations at CFCC’s Gatherings, both in person and virtually. CFCC’s Gatherings offer opportunities to network, learn, and share with other Good Food Organizations and Community Food Centres. We also provide ongoing opportunities to learn from and connect with Good Food Organizations through a members’ website, an e-newsletter, training sessions, and smaller communities of practice.
National Voice | Join your voice to ours and participate and contribute to the development of national campaigns calling for better policies related to a fair and healthy food system.
Who should apply?
We welcome applications from a broad range of organizations. The criteria for membership include:
You're a community food organization, food bank, social service organization, First Nations council, poverty reduction organization, health or environmental organization;
Your organization offers or plans to offer a fairly significant amount of food programming in one or more of the areas of food access, food skills, education and engagement (e.g. community kitchens, drop-in meals, edible gardens, youth education, food banks, peer-to-peer supports, social justice clubs);
Your organization is aligned with the Good Food Principles.
We accept a limited number of non-Canadian applicants annually.
Within the Good Food Organizations program, CFCC has created a growing Indigenous Knowledge Sharing Network, which connects with Indigenous-led community food programs across Canada. Intake for the network is on a rolling basis - if you are interested in learning more, please contact Carolynne Crawley, Indigenous Network and Knowledge Sharing Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“York Region Food Network really appreciates the training opportunities that are available to GFOs. As a relatively small organization, being part of the GFO program has allowed us to increase our clout at a regional level. It's much easier to build a case for this work at a regional level when we can reference the incredible work being done by organizations within the GFO network and link our work to a bigger, national, picture.” - York Regional Food Network, Aurora ON
“The thought leadership provided by GFO provides a reliable and trusted reference point to our internal planning and conversations. These same resources help onboard new staff and let them confidently challenge current planning efforts to look and be different. Also, the success of GFOs in different areas (as highlighted/shared through newsletters and social media) challenge us to not be complacent.” --University District Food Bank, Seattle WA